Andy Lipkis


Andy Lipkis is a practical visionary who has dedicated his life to healing the environment while improving the lives of individuals and communities. He founded TreePeople in Los Angeles in 1973 at age 18 and continues to serve as its President. Andy has spearheaded an approach using trees and forest-inspired technologies to make cities sustainable while mitigating floods, drought, pollution, and climate change. Called “Functioning Community Forests,” it is being demonstrated in L.A. as a model for cities everywhere. For a complete bio, click here

Selected Awards:
Ashoka Fellow
Ashoka, 2008

Distinguished Leadership Award, Citizen Planner
American Planning Association (Los Angeles), 2006

Community Hero
Boeing Employees Community Fund, 2006

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